Some Comics Discussion?

Scott, 

Looking for some comic discussion and thought the announcement of 10 of DC Comics' 40 Convergence crossovers set for April and May could be fun. The 10 2-part series that were recently announced included: 

SUPERMAN
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist Lee Weeks and Dan Jurgens/Norm Rapmund
Superman and Lois deal with the impending birth of their child as he is called in to protect the city.
THE ATOM
Writer: Tom Peyer
Artist: Steve Yeowell / Andy Owens
Ray Palmer finds that Ryan Choi is still alive. Together, they meet and confront Deathstroke, the man responsible for “killing” Choi, before fighting the invading Extremists.
BATGIRL
Writer: Alisa Kwitney
Artist: Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington
After a year in the dome, Stephanie Brown is not sure she wants to be Batgirl again. But when Flashpoint Catman attacks, Red Robin and Black Bat call her back into service.
NIGHTWING/ORACLE
Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons
Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon reevaluate their relationship under the dome (wedding!), but Flashpoint Hawkman & Hawkwoman attack, and everything changes.
SPEED FORCE
Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons
Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them.
TITANS
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan
Starfire and Donna Troy come to get Roy Harper who has gone into seclusion since the death of his child and loss of his arm, but then Arsenal has to choose between his team and resurrecting his dead daughter.
JUSTICE LEAGUE
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Vicente Cifuentes
When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jessie Quick's baby shower, they didn't expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman.
QUESTION
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Cully Hamner
Two-Face is fighting another world's Harvey Dent, and it's up to Renee Montoya as the Question to help him beat the odds.
BATMAN & ROBIN
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson
Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack.
HARLEY QUINN
Writer: Steve Pugh
Artist: Phil Winslade and John Dell
Harley Quinn is enjoying her normal life under the dome until Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight Captain Carrot.

Any thoughts? Have you been reading the weekly comics leading up to these events (Future's End and World's End)? They've been pretty good so far, IMO, and some of these 2-parters look like they could be pretty good. 

​Could be.  I'm getting really burned out on big events.  I haven't even started in on Axis yet over at Marvel, and the Future's End stuff holds little appeal for me.  I will buy the shit out of Speed Force, though.  I just want Wally West as Flash!  ​

 

Discussion for the BOD.

Hey Scott,

Long-time fan of your blog and rants.

Since the days of streaming content, it seems like the growing trend is "cutting the cord". However, do you really save that much money doing this? I've thought about it and have looked into it. At the end of the day, I just don't think it's really worth it to be honest. I've read one comment from someone regarding this issue that was kinda spot on….it's like trying to save money by eating grass and insects instead of buying food at the grocery store.
 
In my case, my cable bill is about $100 a month. From doing research, that seems like that's the around general cost for most people. That includes a decent high-speed internet connection and basic cable (TBS, USA, ESPN, MTV, etc.)

Let's say you cancel your basic cable tv portion and just keep the high-speed internet. That alone is like $50 a month for a good enough speed needed to stream all your content. Then, let's say you still want to see UFC and WWE content. Then of course, you still want TV shows and movies. Hulu Plus is superior for TV and Netflix for movies.

 All together your streaming packages come out to $36 a month.

Now Hulu doesn't have every TV show available and doesn't have live sports. I, for one, love watching NFL games on Sunday. And yes, recently I've tried several indoor digital antennas for local channels, and have had pretty terrible results with them. Am I missing something? Is there an app or something for Roku to watch live sports on NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.?

Is it really worth it to save $14 a month in that case? Saving $14 a month isn't going to make you rich.

I don't know, to me I don't paying the small monthly difference for cable/on demand service. It's peanuts.

Is the cutting the cord revolution more about not wanting to give your money to cable and satellite companies anymore rather than the money you save by doing it?


It's about paying that $100 a month and not being able to watch what you want when you want for that money.  Yeah, I'm paying $8 for Netflix and $8 for Hulu Plus now, but now I watch those shows entirely on my own schedule, without intrusive commercials.  1 minutes of ads per break on Hulu is reasonable, 4-5 minutes on Canadian TV is ridiculous.  For the money I was paying I shouldn't have to subscribe to garbage channels that are owned by the cable companies, but that's exactly what was happening.  Shaw is particularly bad for rebranding channels into something that have nothing to do with the original license and filling it up with recycled content from other their channels.  There's literally 3 or 4 channels playing old sitcoms up here, plus another half-dozen about vague "travel" or "home and garden" themes, which allows them to endlessly recycle shows from Food Network and HGTV or god forbid create cheaply-made Canadian reality TV.  I can only take so many deck-building competitions or shows about wacky restaurants before I bail on the entire cable system.   I watch the regular primetime shows on Hulu Plus the day after, my kid watches her Disney shows on Netflix, I can YouTube tons of interesting content, and soon I'll have the WWE Network to fill up whatever other downtime I need to fill.  
Also, live sports, don't care.  

Blog discussion…

Scott, just listened to your P2B podcast.  Good stuff, kudos.  The guys briefly talked about rumors of Jim Ross writing a book!?!?!  Have you heard any info on this?  Is it in the works?  This would be fucking tremoundous…He seems like he would be bitter enough and have enough financial stability to write a legitimate, tell all book.  Chances we ever see this? 
Also, if you could ask JR and Vince ANY question while they're on truth serum, what would it be?
The JR book has been rumored for a while, although Meltzer doesn't think it'll ever actually happen.  I'm guessing the various non-disclosure and legal reasonings would leave the bodies buried where they are, so to speak.  
As for the second question, you tell me.  Call it a question of the day.

Forever Evil Discussion Thread

There was a little bit of discussion of the villains month and Forever Evil in the Flashpoint thread, but if anyone wants to talk about/review/bitch about the assorted Villains one-shots and Forever Evil, have at it!  I’m pretty disappointed thus far considering it was an intriguing premise coming out of Trinity War, although I should note Forever Evil itself is amazing after the first issue.  The villain stuff is a mixed bag, although I haven’t read all of them.  Creeper was terrible and a messy slog to get through, Desaad didn’t really make much sense to me, Count Vertigo was OK but covered much of the same ground as the animated Green Arrow short, Cyborg Superman was a totally different take on the character and was just him being evil for 22 pages instead of really saying anything about him, and Joker was a huge disappointment.  His aunt scrubbed him with bleach?  Really?  So far they’re a bunch of OK fill-in issues. 
Also, apparently Batwoman was cancelled.  (Edit:  Apparently JH Williams is leaving, but the book will continue.  Which is even worse in some ways.)  I was losing interest anyway, but this gets canned and Batwing doesn’t?  REALLY? 

Discussion Question for Blog

Hey Scott, thought this might make for a good thread on the blog.
It seems like popular opinion is that Shawn Michaels is Mr. Wrestlemania, seeing as he's had some of the greatest matches of all time at Mania over the years. With Summerslam coming up, it got me thinking about who is Mr. Summerslam? My vote goes for Bret Hart. He's had two of the greatest matches of all time (91 vs. Perfect and 92 vs. Bulldog) and a slew of other good/great matches either in singles or tag. The Brainbusters match in 89 and the cage match with Owen in 94 are personal favorites. Who gets your vote for Mr. Summerslam? (Or in Bret's case, Mr. The Summerslam)

Probably Hogan, because headlined the first four and then drew two of the bigger Summerslam buyrates for his comeback matches against Michaels and Orton.  But it's not like there's really definitive Summerslam moments or anything to warrant that kind of a title.  For me personally I haven't even watched a Summerslam since, what, 2008?  2007?  I watched parts of last year's show but that's about it.  Usually my post-Wrestlemania interest in the product is waning by then and it doesn't tend to be a very important show, often overshadowed by Money In The Bank these days.  That being said, I'm sure I'll watch this year on the promise of two ****+ matches on top.  

blog discussion

OK, I think the Montreal Screwjob was a work. See, I think they're gonna reveal that John Cena was in on it all along, as he was part of the ring crew, and wanted Bret Hart out of the picture so he could start his rise. Now, when they bought WCW, they should have had Cena come out then as part of WCW's B-Team. So, a few months before the big Survivor Series blow off, John starts running through a ton of WWE's guys, and then turns around and says that he's the leader of of WCW now. When they get to SS, he takes out everyone on the team by himself, and that establishes himself as the top guy, but then turns around and says he's been WWE the whole time. Right there that makes The Invasion worth it. Now, with the up-coming WM29, they turn John Cena heel, and says that's REALLY been WCW all along, and taking out the Rock and winning the WWE title at WM will be his ultimate revenge, along with taking out their top champion and such via the Montreal Screwjob. Perfect way to turn him heel. 


Now try and tell me that ain't brilliant.

OK, but does Cena still beat Brock last year?  Because I think that warrants more discussion as well.  

Blog Discussion


Thought this might be an interesting discussion for your blog.


One of your posters made a comment about how you don't hear any backstage political BS in regards to Kane, and it got me thinking…..we don't really hear too much political BS about anybody anymore.  Sure, you'll have people make comments about Triple H and the Undertaker, however they aren't full time any more (not to mention that Triple H tends to lose when he returns, and Undertaker pretty much returns just to win at WrestleMania — which many seem to consider a rite of passage).  Yes, Tyler Reks and Ken Doane (and Jesse Baker) have told a couple of stories about John Cena, but even he seems to avoid any negative backstage stories.

Almost all backstage political stories seem to be about the corporate side, not the wrestlers themselves.  Do you think this generation of Superstars just aren't as political, or do you think it just isn't as widely reported?

I think that most of them are a bunch of neutered little puppies who are terrified to stand up for themselves because there's no more legitimate competition and they don't want to lose their meager videogame royalties. I have lots of respect for MVP, who quit on his own terms because he didn't like the treatment he was getting, went to New Japan and became a star with an easier schedule, and now he's apparently coming back again, along with Low-Ki.  And I bet John Morrison gets a hell of a deal when they desperately call him the next time a main eventer goes down and they need someone to headline 3-5 PPVs against John Cena.  
Not that I condone behavior on the part of guys like HHH and formerly Shawn Michaels, but look who's running the company now.  Nobody ever accused them of being afraid to speak their mind to Vince, and they're gonna be the braintrust steering the ship for the next couple of decades.  

Follow-up discussion about WWE guys to TNA and vice-versa

Hey, Scott. Since I didn't really agree with the premise of the e-mail about sending someone from WWE to TNA and vice-versa, I'd like to ask you this two-part version of it:
1. What TNA guy(s) who haven't previously been in WWE do you think could realistically make it big in WWE? And by "realistically," I mean no "If they let them be who they are and not ruin them!" smarky nonsense. I mean someone WWE would A) be interested in and B)who would work well in the WWE system and flourish there? I know the typical answer to this one from smarks might be a muscle freak like Crimson or Magnus, but they know they can create their own monsters. I think Bobby Roode is the best call here.

They definitely want Roode.  I think either he or Storm is the best bet for the future, although Storm might be limited by his image as a southern ass-kicker.  

2. What WWE guy(s) do you think could be a boon to TNA's business in the fairly near future (say, in the next year or two)? Again: realistically, since we all know Cena, Taker or HHH ain't walking into the Impact Zone. This one's harder to me, since guys like Miz or Ziggler are the caliber of stars we've seen make that move (think Christian, Mr. Anderson/Kennedy, Booker T) but they haven't really moved the needle considerably in terms of drawing a bigger audience. So this one's tougher. One could say it's conceivable that a guy like Punk could end up there if big stars like Angle or Hardy did, but there were extenuating circumstances to those guys leaving WWE that Punk almost certainly wouldn't face. Since he's not a product of the WWE system and brainwashed to think it's the only place he can work like so many others, I could envision Daniel Bryan going to an easier schedule in TNA that allows him to do other things he wants (MMA training, music). And I could also see that moving said needle.
Thoughts? 

I don't know about the whole "moving the needle" thing, because it's more that they're going to need a solid year of good product rather than just one person coming in and turning things around. I think TNA would be better off poaching someone from WWE's developmental or a high-level indy guy and developing them themselves, much like they did with Beer Money or Chris Harris.  Harris, by the way, fucked up bigtime and should have stayed, I think we can safely say.  Anyway, I think if Ohno/Cesaro/Rollins flame out in the WWE-lite circuit, they would be the best bet, because they have some major league experience without all the WWE baggage.  

Topic of discussion from blog fan

Hi Scott, big fan of your blog/rants etc, been reading for years

 
In recent weeks the lack of depth in the WWE roster has really stood out.
 
On the other hand TNA seems to have a lot of talent that are credible upper mid carders/main eventers.
 
In WWE off the top of my head (only counting full time currently active wrestlers) there are John Cena, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seaumus, Kane, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler (although he often loses against lower card tag teams in tag team action, then fills in when there is no one else as a JTTS)
 
In TNA, Bobby Roode, Sting, James Storm, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, Ken Anderson, RVD, Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, Abyss, Kurt Angle. You could argue Austin Aries is ready to step up and that Daniels and Kazarian are in a big storyline with Dixie Carter, so add those guys to the mix.
 
Putting aside the WWE name, ratings, booking etc would you say TNA had the strongest roster? If you were starting out a company from scratch whos roster would you (or the readers) pick to build a roster?
 
It seems TNA actually has the stronger roster.
 
Appreciate it if you put this on the blog,
 
Leeroy

I would say TNA absolutely has a deeper roster right now.  The WWE is DECIMATED right now because of injuries and suspensions, plus they have to run 4 – 6 hours of TV per week, whereas TNA only does 2.  And it sounds like ADR wants out now, too.  Plus TNA is doing slower-packed storylines, so they can get more out of less guys by stretching out the storylines over a couple of months now instead of burning through them in one show like in the Russo era.